Environmental Engineering (EPFL)

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Environmental Engineering

The DTU-EPFL 1:1 in Environmental Engineering is a two-year intensive exchange master’s programme for students that are admitted at either DTU or EPFL. You will spend one year at EPFL and one year at DTU and receive your master’s degree from the university you are enrolled in.

The study programme aims to provide students with the competencies to develop sustainable solutions to complex environmental issues, while also taking into account legal, societal, financial, and resource aspects. As a graduate MSc in Environmental Engineering you will be able to design, conduct, and interpret laboratory and field experiments and quantify the hazards, risks, and uncertainties of environmental problems.

After successful completion of the programme, students from DTU will be awarded the Master of Science in Engineering in Environmental Engineering, and students from EPFL will be awarded the Master of Science in Environmental Sciences. Your diploma will bear the logos of both universities and will be supplemented by a special insert which describes your participation in the DTU-EPFL 1:1 master’s programme.

Focus

The main focus of the programme is themes such as:

  • Water resources
  • Urban hydrology
  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Environmental management

Studying abroad jump-starts your career as employers are always looking for graduates with an international outlook and intercultural competencies. Upon graduation you will be eligible to enter a PhD programme, but you will also be qualitied for leading positions in industry.

Career opportunities

The fast growth and development in environmental calls for engineers with the skills to meet the increasing market demands for innovative and flexible products that can respond to the needs of a rapidly changing market.

As a graduate from this master’s programme, you will be qualified to work in job functions such as consulting, planning, construction, project leadership and analysis, research, teaching, and management. Some of the most typical sectors are within water supply, wastewater and resources and soil and ground water remediation.

Graduating from the MSc programme with a high grade point average will qualify you for admission to PhD studies—either as an industrial PhD with concurrent employment in a company, or as a regular PhD student.

Read more about DTU's PhD programmes

Application deadlines

1 December - for start in the fall semester
1 June - for start in the spring semester*

*Students who started at DTU on 1 September may send the application form by 10 September

The DTU-EPFL Dual Degree programme is only open to students, who have been formally admitted to DTU's regular MSc in Environmental Engineering programme. Therefore, it is not possible to apply for admission directly to the dual degree programme.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the application form
  2. Hand in the application form + supporting documents to DTU International Affairs Office
  3. DTU International Affairs Office will register and forward the applications to the Programme coordinator
  4. The Programme coordinator will consult their counterparts and select the most eligible students
  5. The Programme coordinator will inform DTU International Affairs Office about their decision
  6. DTU International Affairs Office will inform the students and issue Nomination Letters

Eligibility

  • Motivated and dedicated students
  • Above average GPA
  • Strong English Language skills.

Students should have a BSc degree in environmental, civil or chemical engineering from EPFL or DTU

Students starting at DTU need to fulfill the same pre-conditions as the students in the DTU MSc programme in Environmental Engineering.

Students starting at EPFL need to fulfill the same pre-conditions as the students in the EPFL MSc programme in Environmental Engineering.

Pre-approval of courses

Courses taken abroad must be approved by the DTU professor responsible for the individual 1:1 programme.

Periods abroad

For DTU students a standard period of two consecutive semesters is taken at the host institution. This can either be in the first and the second semester (master's thesis conducted at the home institution), or the third and fourth semester (master's thesis conducted at the host institution):

  • Period one: 1st + 2nd semester (master's thesis conducted at the home institution)
  • Period two: 3rd + 4th semester (master's thesis conducted at the host institution)

For students starting the 1:1 programme at DTU, the requirement is 25 ECTS mandatory courses (course 12104 Modeling of Environmental Processes Modeling 10 ECTS, 12237 Chemicals in the Environment 10 ECTS, and 12240 Environmental Management the Ethics 5 ECTS) plus 25 ECTS Technological Specialisation courses (see curriculum) and 10 ECTS electives.

Students starting at EPFL have to take compulsory and specific SIE courses at EPFL totalling 23+25 = 48 ECTS credits and 12 ECTS courses at EPFL from an approved list of specialization courses

Students starting the first year at EPFL and do the second year at DTU have to take 20 ECTS credits among the Technological specialization courses at DTU and do a Master's thesis of at least 30 ECTS credits at DTU, plus maximum 10 ECTS elective courses to bring the total number of ECTS credits of the entire study up to 120 ECTS credits.

Students starting their first year at DTU and do the second year at EPFL take 20 ECTS specialization courses chosen from a list of approved courses at EPFL, do a master's thesis of 30 ECTS credits at EPFL and take elective courses chosen from a list of approved courses at EPFL to bring the total number of ECTS credits of the entire study up to 120 ECTS credits.

View the full curriculum here.

Study plan

As part of their application for the 1:1 MSc programme, students are asked to prepare a study plan which must be approved by both programme coordinators. The programme coordinators from each institution must approve the study plan of each student involved in the programme.

For EPFL students, the first and second semester are taken at the home institution and the third and fourth semester at the host institution.

For DTU students a standard period of two consecutive semesters is taken at the host institution. This can either be in the first and the second semester (master's thesis conducted at the home institution), or the third and fourth semester (master's thesis conducted at the host institution).

Master's thesis

The master thesis is usually written during the fourth semester of the programme. The thesis will be conducted with co-supervision from both institutions. The thesis supervisor at the institution where the master thesis work is conducted will act as the main supervisor and will thus have the primary responsibility for the student. Local thesis rules will apply.

Prior to the start of the master's thesis work, the subject of the master's thesis as well as a project description must be approved by both thesis supervisors. The subject of the master's thesis has to be approved by both programme coordinators. The thesis must be written in English.

For DTU students, the thesis must be presented at an oral defense according to the rules and regulations of the university where the master thesis has been conducted and with the participation of both supervisors.

For DTU students, the master thesis is graded using the 7-point grading scale, with the grade appearing on the Master degree diploma. The grade will be determined by the DTU thesis supervisor, the co-supervisor and a Danish external examiner according to the Danish rules and regulations on examination.

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Contact

Martin Rygaard

Martin Rygaard Associate Professor, Head of MSc studies Phone: 45251570 Mobile: 25333188